When you are a newbie, there will be a lot of things that you do for the first time. Participating in a mini quilt swap on an online forum is one of them.
Fairly simple rules - under 24" square and anything goes. Full freedom.
After making Sun City that took forever I wanted something simple. Meet Rainbow Bites.
|Rainbow Bites - Sashing in progress|
Rainbow Bites is a simple concept. Nine squares made up of 16 squares. The essence lies in having enough variety and contrast among those 16 squares.
Gather all your red scraps and pick out 16 fabrics. Cut them into 2" squares. Arrange and rearrange till you are pleased with the arrangement. Stitch them together, square and put aside.
It sure was fun to pick out and fussy cut fabrics.
Some of you may think that this would be a great stash buster. Let me warn you, that this little thing will NOT make a dent in your stash. Hardly anything. Here is why. For each block, you need 16 squares 2" side. So, what you will do is empty your monochromatic scrap bin (let's just do one color at a time) and find 16 different fabrics.
|Bee Crabby :-D|
|A little birdie fishing for a compliment?|
You will have major tidying up to do after you make each block. I spent a LOT of time picking out the colors and tidying up. Since I did not tidy up after each color, I had a MAJOR mess and had to redo major sorting as well. UGH!!!
Yes, it is worth it.
|Matching sashing lines|
How can something so small inspire so much joy?
Quilted simply in wavy lines, and used a rather boring fabric for the backing, since it will be up on the wall, where it won't be seen.
Used dark navy solid for binding.
I love this little gem so much, I have decided to not part with it. In fact, I have registered this little beauty for the quilt show in June!!!
So here is the quilt I made for the swap.
|Quilt Swap Mini|
Of course there is more to Ocean Crossing and the Mini Quilt Swap process. However, somethings are best left unsaid. I won't be participating in any more swaps.
Honestly, I am happy to make charity quilts. The expectation of receiving something in return (which is the essence of a swap), is not for me.
I'd like to hear from you. Did you participate in a swap? What was your experience?
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